After the bruising defeat of Mitt Romney by President Barack Obama in the 2012 Presidential election, Republicans find themselves analyzing the results of the contest and making suggestions on how to proceed.
I received a text from one of my most socially conservative friends that read, “We need to dump God, abortion, gay marriage and Israel.” He went on to mention that we need to join the vilification of banks and insurance companies and “start sounding like dems” because we need to reinvent.
Some Republicans, like Sean Hannity, Rupert Murdoch and Speaker John Boehner, see the changing demographics in America and recognize that Hispanics are the future of our nation. So, they’ve eased their stance on immigration. Hannity went as far as to say he’s evolved on immigration stating, “You create a pathway for those people that are here — you don’t say you’ve got to go home.”
Other Republicans, particularly the FreeRepublic bloggers, suggest that Obama beat both McCain and Romney because they were moderates, and if only real social conservative candidates like Governor Mike Huckabee or Senator Rick Santorum had been the Republican nominees, Obama would be set out to pasture. They want to see the Republican paradigm shift away from Libertarian ideals.
And a few Republicans recognize that the defeat was close and suggest it was due to particular events that pushed Obama ahead of Romney. Examples include the following: Hurricane Sandy; Romney played prevent defense; Governor Chris Christie’s last minute undying admiration; successful Republican governors in the swing states easing the economic pain experienced by the voters; the slow Republican start in Ohio; the media’s undeniable assistance to the Obama campaign; the New York Times writing misleading headline to a Romney article; a better Obama ground game; Obama cover ups in Benghazi, Iran firing missiles at U.S. drones and the CIA’s General Petraeus’ affair; as well as voter fraud and suppression.
They note Obama had 8 million fewer votes, 33 fewer electorates and 2 less states (including 1 less congressional district). They acknowledge defeat, but recognize the fact that Republicans, by percentage, actually did much better in 2012 than they did in 2008. After all, nearly 59 million people voted Republican this election. These Republicans say they did all they could, but they were beat by pomp and circumstance.
I have my own theory as to why Obama won the election and it doesn’t have anything to do with the Republican platform, the lack of pandering to certain demographics, the long standing in-fighting issue between Republicans, or even the combination of events and campaign maneuvers that are getting a lot of the blame. No, it has more to do with how Republicans are perceived.
Quite plainly, Democrats have successfully assigned a negative stigma to the Republican label. So, it wasn’t Mitt Romney who lost the election, it was he Republican nominee who lost. It doesn’t matter if that nominee was Senator Rick Santorum, Governor Mitt Romney or even Governor Ronald Reagan… they all would have lost the election of 2012.
One might say, “Well that is too simplistic. Romney could have won if the factors weren’t what they were.”
No, Romney should have won regardless of the extraneous factors. The higher unemployment rate, the higher deficits, the higher debt, the huge volume of broken promises, the numerous scandals and the sluggish GDP rate were the only important factors in this election – the only factors that really matter.
The truth is that for the last 30-40 years, Democrats have specifically pandered to females and non-whites while at the same time planted seeds that the Republican Party is “racist” and “sexist.” Now, the demographics most impacted by racism and sexism, whether true or not, have finally grown to become the voting majority in America.
In 2008, the electorate was 75 percent white, 12.2 percent African-American, 8.4 percent Latino, with 4.5 percent distributed to other ethnicities. Four years later, the demographic has dramatically changed to 72 percent white, 13 percent black, 10 percent Latino and 5 percent other. Obama won every demographic with the exception of white voters.
In terms of women, they’ve been outvoting men since 1980. In fact, the trend shows a growing gender gap in favor of voting women since 1988. In 2008, 53.6 percent of the voters were women. In 2012, 54 percent voted. And 55 percent of this demographic carried Obama to victory.
While Republicans relied on a message of lower taxes, less spending and smaller government – principals that affect all Americans regardless of gender and race, Democrats have been pushing for policies and entitlements that tend to benefit non-white males like Title IX, Affirmative Action, abortion on demand, amnesty for illegal aliens, section 8 housing, food stamps, welfare and so on.
So how does the Republican Party move forward?
I’m a lifelong registered Republican, a political activist, and I have presided over the Hollywood Congress of Republicans, owned Campaign Media Solutions (a television commercial production and media buying company catering to California politicians), a former member of the The American Association of Political Consultants, a Breitbart Big Hollywood contributor, and I write a weekly column on HollywoodRepublican.net. Needless to say, I’ve been around the block.
In fact, the Democrat strategy of ‘micro-targeting’ is not new to me. During the tough political season of 2006, I had a client running for State Senate in California in Sacramento. His district was notoriously pro-Democrat and had not elected a Republican in decades. My client, Paul Green, had very low name identification, limited funds and the political climate in 2006 was ardently anti-Republican; however, we micro-targeted particular demographics using three different versions of campaign ads that spoke to the issues that were important to those specific voters, whether they realized it or not, and put those ads on the networks those demographics watched most.
My client outperformed nearly every Republican candidate in California in 2006 when you look at the results from the prior election in those same districts. He received 30,000 more votes (a 10-point change) from 2002 and he even outperformed the following Republican candidate in 2010 by 5 percentage points during a very anti-Democratic climate.
I may not be Karl Rove or Dick Morris, but I do know a thing or two about politics. And I believe that the Republican party does need to make some changes if they want to succeed in “The New America.” I propose a new doctrine.
A New Republican Doctrine
First, we must recognize the tactics that Democrats have employed against Republicans over time. They use a two-pronged approach: Indoctrination and Propaganda.
Everything starts at home. I don’t need to go into specifics with this because Republicans, in general, do a great job as it is teaching character and principals by promoting the close-knit family, eating dinner together, participating in family activities together, teaching kids, frowning upon drugs, and being interested in each others lives and pursuits.
If Republicans want to succeed in the future, they must wrestle away the power of persuasion that teachers and professors have over students in the classroom. This begins by everyday Republicans getting involved in the PTA, the School Board, becoming teachers themselves and getting into leadership roles in the teacher unions.
They must avoid the appearance of imposing their social values. Don’t get in a position of power and suggest banning My Two Mommies even as inappropriate some may feel it is. Rather, work to un-ban the words and photos that Democrats have been working so hard to ban in textbooks, such as the s0-called sexist terms, “snowman” and “policeman.” Paint the Democrat Party as it is… the party of government control and banning whatever in order to control behavior. Nobody likes the thought of a world depicted in 1984.
Additionally, make sure history is taught properly. Party ID only comes up in today’s classrooms when it benefits Democrats. If you were to ask a high school senior today which political party was the party of the abolitionists and the suffragettes, they wouldn’t know or would wrongly tell you the Democrat Party. Ask them to tell you which political party was instrumental in passing the Nineteenth Amendment granting women the right to vote or the Civil Rights Acts in the 1960s and they will wrongly tell you the Democrat Party. Ask them which political party was instrumental in Lincoln’s assassination, creating the KKK, putting Asians in detainment camps, blocking black children from entering schools, blasting blacks with fire hoses and so on, and the kids will wrongly tell you the Republican Party. It’s not that they are being taught this specifically, it is that they are not being taught this at all, and they allow the modern day vilification of Republican Party to alter their perspective. By the time these children are 18 and voting, most don’t want anything to do with the Republican Party.
And some states, schools and Universities have adopted a “Student Bill of Rights” or “Academic Bill of Rights.” If one exists, it must incorporate this line, “No student shall be indoctrinated into any orthodoxy of a political, religious or ideological nature.”
I know firsthand the power of molding a young mind… after attending the University of Colorado – where one such English professor would physically divide the class into Republicans and Democrats and hold modern-day political discussions that had nothing to do with the Native American Literature – I watched my Republican allies in that class shrink to fewer and fewer as the semester progressed. I was also a long term substitute teacher on a quasi-emergency credential, in charge of entire classes for a semester at a time. For two years I mainly taught 10th and 11th grade English.
The unions are how small town Americans, blue collar workers and teachers – those who would otherwise identify with the Republican Party in values and policies – turn into Democrats. Most people agree that with all the federal and state laws that affect business today, the unions have long past achieved their goals and outlived their usefulness. In fact, the greed of many unions have led to the collapse of long standing successful businesses. It’s time to eradicate unions once and for all.
Republicans who are in unions must endeavor to get more active and get themselves into leadership roles. Those that make it to leadership roles must help their like-minded union brothers and sisters to join them. Republicans in leadership roles in the unions can slow the tide.
Additionally, every state needs to promote union-busting propositions and legislative measures. Several each time. The reason for this is that Republicans need unions to spend their millions and millions on defending their existence, not on funding their Democrat allies. Unions do NOT have unlimited money. And it costs much less to put an initiative on a ballot than it does to defend it. Make it a war of attrition.
Lastly, unions are known for doing something called “salting.” This is a tactic involving a person getting a job at a specific workplace with the intent of organizing a union. Aside from promoting legislation prohibiting such a practice, Republicans can do well by fighting back with something I call “peppering.” I figure if something can be made to happen, it can be made not to happen too. It employs the tactic of getting individuals into specific union workplaces with the intent of dismantling the union.
I used to work for a union… the Directors Guild of America (DGA). Of the three major entertainment industry unions, the DGA is widely considered the best. So, I know a thing or two about the inner-workings of unions. They can be changed.
It’s no surprise that the vast majority of journalists in the United States vote Democrat. So, these are the people providing the country with its news. And, as we’ve learned courtesy of organization such as the Media Resource Center, the news is often biased and skewed to the Left.
Again, Republicans need to get involved. There just needs to be more journalists that lean to the right in the industry. Right wing bloggers and other agent provocateurs have done an outstanding job, but they need to get off their computers, out of their pajamas and into real news services. Those that work in those news services, they need to hire the young right wing journalists. Those that work at FOX News need to get over to CBS, NBC and ABC. They need to do a little salting of their own.
There needs to be more fact checkers, media watchdog groups and policy centers and think tanks that lean to the right to combat the bias in journalism. There are very few on the right compared to the left. Why this is important is because any time something is “fact checked” by a random Internet user, they will see 80 percent of the results some back from left wing organizations that counter the right wing organizations. The perception is that the left wing organizations are correct because they have a majority of opinion.
And the Universities must be addressed. The indoctrination that happens in Journalism schools must be exposed and addressed. And until indoctrination ends in the schools, Republicans would do well to spend the money necessary to create the best journalism schools at the most “conservative” universities in America such as Hillsdale, Liberty and Regent Universities.
Every day people entertain themselves with books, music, theater, film and so on. At one time, Republicans really owned the entertainment industry. The golden era of radio, film and television was flooded with Republicans… from Bob Hope to Ethel Merman to Jimmy Stewart to Shirley Temple to John Wayne to Ginger Rogers to Frank Sinatra to Hedda Hopper and so on. But then came communism… and with communism came Joseph McCarthy and the “black list.” This wasn’t the moment in time that the left in Hollywood turned things around for themselves, it’s when they fortified. It wasn’t until the Vietnam era that the left adopted the Democrat Party and began to attract a wider audience.
Fast forward 40-50 years and the new black list is not government regulated, but industry regulated. If you are a Republican trying to make it in Hollywood, your agent will advise you to bite your lip and keep your opinions to yourself. If you ask people today why artists tend to lean left, they will say it is because they know empathy better than Republicans. It’s not true, and the industry can return to Republican greatness once again.
It takes the same fortitude that the left had during the red scare of the 1950s. And there is some semblance of it now with some industry groups that open their arms to Republicans. Some are out and proud, like The Hollywood Congress of Republicans, and others prefer to be regarded as That Group That Shall Not Be Mentioned. If a group like this exists, I belong to it.
The problem is, the people that make up these groups have genuine and legitimate fears. It is, after all, their livelihood that is at stake. So, those that are willing to put themselves out there aren’t always the most talented or those with the most honed craft… as a result, the projects they are in tend to crash and burn. I know several good soldiers that end having to sell their home and move out of California.
Here is what I suggest to these groups. Mingling and networking is great, but this isn’t helping in the long run. There needs to be workshops and they need to be instructed and mentored by our more prominent Republicans in the industry. We need scripts that promote Republican principals and scripts that tell the truth about Democrats. A structured workshop with seasoned writers would help. The same for acting. Many of the younger generation need to better hone their craft, but none of our Oscar and Emmy winners are willing to spend the time to help. And then we also have near billionaires involved in the groups. Why are they not helping fund projects that will not only stave off our up-and-comers from having to sell their homes and head out of state, but it helps us like-minded professionals get our message out there more, and, who knows, these projects could make more money? Let’s make it more than a lunch and dinner meeting.
Democrats do this. They are teaching at UCLA and USC. They have left wing investors putting their money where their mouths are. They are creating production companies with the specific purpose of promoting left wing agendas. They have the unions honing each others skills. They folks at the distribution outlets convincing the decision-makers that their stories are what America wants to see. How do you suppose Too Big To Fail, Game of Thrones, Game Change, The Newsroom and so on get made?
So long as Republican industry groups just meet for a meal and have a guest speaker, there will be very little change in entertainment.
Here are the stories that these groups should make: A young Asian family put into a camp by Democrat FDR and trying to escape; The young Cuban who was ready to receive reinforcement at the Bay of Pigs when Democrat JFK let them die, but he escapes into the jungle and is hunted by Communists; The young Republican who became the first victim of the KKK as they tried to promote their Democrat candidate in 1865; The story of the Little Rock Nine and how a Democrat blocked them from entering the schools and a Republican gave them an armed escort; and so on. You get the idea.
The social issues simply have to be defused. So long as we continue down the path we’ve been going, we’re going to lose. I am not necessarily advocating for a stance that picks a side, but new solutions that think outside of the box.
Illegal Immigration – We can control our borders better if we have smaller borders. We need to enter into a North America pact with Mexico and Canada to allow free travel between the three countries… and all three countries have control over the border, sea ports and airports to insure absolute immigration integrity. Additionally, the states must enforce all immigration laws and standards, which means no more U.S. Identification and drivers licenses for illegal aliens. They can use the drivers license from their home country. Again, travel is fine, but not illegal immigration. Also, Republicans need to make legal immigration easier.
Gay Marriage – Republicans need to rethink this altogether. First, let’s advocate that marriage is a religious institution that belongs in the church and the church has the religious liberty to marry or not marry as they see fit. The State, on the other hand, should adopt “domestic partnerships.” To my knowledge, there is no right wing conservative Christian who wants to block the doorway of a dying man from seeing his lifelong male partner at the hospital one last time. So, let the State confirm that we all receive the same rights. And let’s allow the religious institutions decide whether or not that want to protect the sanctity of marriage.
Abortion – Republicans must adopt that an abortion should be legal in certain cases such as rape and incest. In terms of using abortion as birth control, it should be frowned upon. But let’s agree that women have a right to choose… except, her right to choose is trumped by her fetus’ right to life. But what constitutes life? I used to say if they baby could survive outside of the womb with all our technology, than it is life. That put it at about 6 months. But, now that I am having a child of my own. I’ve better learned the process. And I have concluded that a simple heartbeat at 4 weeks does not make life, it makes a biological process that leads to life. Life is identity. And when a child has an identity… fingerprints and DNA, then that is a human being. So, ladies, figure it out ASAP. Anything after that is murder. Also, continue to maintain that the federal government has no authority to pay for abortions… and suggest that issue is a State issue.
Global Warming – Republicans need to become the pollution and conservation experts. We do want clean air, clean water and so on. Promote a self-regulation authority amongst business in the same way that the NFL self-regulates drug and steroid use in their industry. Make the global warming folks the fringe.
English Only – This needs to be altered as English Proficient. Nobody wants to immigrate to America and be told that they must forget their culture, which includes their language; however, they must learn English for the safety and welfare of everyone. Basic English proficiency should be a requirement to become a citizen. Even non-English speaking Hispanic mothers want their children to learn English.
These are a few social issues where Republicans can think outside of the box. They don’t have to pick a side or pander, they can have a third option.
Take the Gloves Off
The last, and most important, message I have is that Republicans need to play by the new rules of the game established by Democrats over the last 30-40 years. Do NOT pander, under any circumstance, to minorities or women. The reason why is that the stigma that Republicans have as being anti-woman and anti-minority is stuck. So, pandering only makes Republicans look worse.
Republicans must assign a stigma to Democrats. They socialist and communist stigma exists, but that does little change the hearts and minds of the new and growing voting blocs in this country. Rather, Republicans need to re-educate the American public on who the Democrat Party is… Democrats started the KKK, Democrats rounded up the Asians in America and put them in what are essentially concentration camps, Democrats opposed civil rights, Democrats turned the hoses onto blacks, and so on. And on the flip side, the U.S. needs to be reminded that it was Sojourner Truth, Susan B. Anthony, Martin Luther King, Jr. and so on that identified with the Republican party.
In addition, Republicans need not be afraid to call Democrats racist every time they promote a social program that provides a handout to women and minorities. Why? Because it is the racism and sexism of low expectations. Each and every handout that Democrats provide to these demographics essentially is telling them they cannot succeed on their own solely because of their gender or skin color. They say a woman can’t afford $8.00 per month in birth control. What do Democrats think… that women are so weak and inept that they cannot hold a job to pay for birth control by themselves? They say that blacks need Affirmative Action. What do Democrats think… That blacks cannot succeed in the same world as whites because they lack the talent, intelligence, work ethic, and/or ability? This is true sexism and racism and should be called out as such. Once the stigma sticks, then Democrats will be known by ALL Americans as the Party of Pander.
These facts need to be taught in the schools, universities, the unions, in the news, journalism, media, entertainment and so on. These facts should be on billboards from coast to coast and especially in the inner-cities where there a higher minority population exists.
If Republicans are to win, they need good candidates like Mitt Romney… but they cannot give good Republican candidates a stigma that acts like a ball and chain and then put them in the water with a Democrat and expect them to win the swim meet. The only way this is going to be fair, is if Democrats get the much deserved ball and chain of their own.
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